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Real Madrid could face Liverpool, Man United, Arsenal competition for €60 million defender

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Real Madrid concluded their first half of the season with a narrow 1-0 win against Alaves, owing to Lucas Vazquez’s late winner.

Carlo Ancelotti has put Real Madrid in a favourable position to grab the La Liga title come the end of the season, but the Italian coach has had his fair share of difficulties.

Throughout the campaign, Los Blancos have been badly struck by injuries. Depletions in defence have particularly heightened concerns, with David Alaba’s most recent ACL tear compelling Madrid to evaluate replacements in the January transfer window.

And one player who has piqued the club’s interest is Sporting Lisbon’s bright young talent, Goncalo Inacio.

Real Madrid will face competition for Inacio

Indeed, acquiring Inacio will not prove to be a cakewalk as according to SPORT, the centre-back who plays for Sporting CP, is on the wishlist of many European heavyweights.

Among the teams that have expressed interest in the 22-year-old Portuguese are Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United. And following Alaba’s season-ending injury, Real Madrid are also considered one of the interested parties.

Inacio is one of the great discoveries of the Portuguese championship, which is why the Portuguese club sought assurance of his continuity by extending his contract, withholding the player with a €60 million clause and a contract that runs until 2027.

Inacio is a man in demand. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Real Madrid have been an old admirer of Inacio, especially after they inquired about him in the recent summer transfer window.

Despite Inacio’s expensive release clause valuation, reports have previously argued that Sporting CP have indicated that they are open to modifying the terms of their payment collection.

The youngster could be purchased for €45 million upfront and an additional €15 million in variable bonuses. But in light of growing competition, Real Madrid will have to act fast.

Even so, the Royal Whites are expected to survey all their options carefully before making any concetrated efforts. Several players have entered their radars, including Antonio Silva, Willian Pacho, and Giorgio Scalvini.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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